Avtar Singh Makkar has rapped the Uttarakhand government

Avtar Singh Makkar

SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar has rapped the Uttarakhand government for preventing the entry of a Sikh jatha into the state for participating in the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak on November 28 at the spot where gurdwara Gyan Godri at Har-ki-Pauri in Haridwar once stood.

“The jatha after performing ‘ardas’ at the Akal Takht had left for Haridwar to celebrate the Guru’s birth anniversary at the spot where the historic shrine stood before it was demolished in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. However, the Congress once again demonstrated its anti-Sikh stance by preventing Sikhs from going to Haridwar,” said Makkar in a statement issued here on Saturday.

Makkar alleged that the decision of the Congress government in Uttarakhand was in keeping with its policy of subduing the Sikh community. Time and again, the Congress had interfered in the religious affairs of Sikhs, the statement claimed.

“We want to make it clear that the Sikh community is determined to re-construct the historic gurdwara at Har-ki-Pauri. We know that the Congress is opposed to this and will try all means to stop the Sikhs,” the statement added.

Makkar claimed that on a number of occasions in the past he had taken up the issue of re-construction of the shrine with successive governments of Uttarakhand. He advised the Congress to consider the sacrifices made by Sikhs during the freedom struggle and not to create hurdles in the construction of the gurdwara.